Governance

Constitution of Area and Board

LBW Authority Area Plan Lower Burdekin Water was established on Wednesday 18th February, 2015 after the successful dissolution and amalgamation of the former North and South Burdekin Water Boards. The new single category two water authority is called Lower Burdekin Water ("LBW"). The assets, rights and liabilities of the former North and South Burdekin Water Boards were vested in LBW on the changeover day.

The former South Burdekin Water Board Area and Board was originally constituted by Order in Council dated 31st March, 1966, and continued under the Water Act 2000.

The former North Burdekin Water Board Area and Board was originally constituted by Order in Council dated 13th May, 1965, and continued under the Water Act 2000.

Function

The function of LBW is to utilise part of the flow in the Burdekin River to replenish the subterranean water supply in that part of the Burdekin Delta north of the Burdekin River and to thereby increase the quantity and improve the quality of the supply available from this source for irrigation, domestic, stock and industrial and urban purposes.

Queensland Water Service Provider (SPID571)

Lower Burdekin Water is a registered Service Provider under the Queensland Water Act 2000 holding registration number SPID571 for carrying out its function as a Category 2 Water Authority under this act.

Generally, LBW has the power under the Water Act 2000 to:
  • make and levy rates and charges
  • take land
  • employ people; and
  • delegate its powers

LBW has certain standards of service and reporting obligations to the regulator. The Act imposes requirements on most service providers with respect to:

  • preparing strategic asset mangement plans (SAMP)
  • preparing customer service standards (CSS)
  • preparing system leakage management plans
  • preparing drought management plans

SAMP's are documents intended to be used for ensuring continuity of supply of each of a service provider's registered services. The SAMP is to be reported on annually, with audit and review procedures to take place every three years.

CSS's are documents intended to supply important customer service information and protect certain classes of service provider customers. CSS's are reported on an annual basis, with audit and review carried out annually.